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White Labs yeast question...

Postby HardcoreLegend » Wed Dec 11, 2002 7:33 pm

I used the White Labs California ale yeast pitchable vial for my latest brew. I have used the pitchable vials quite a few times with good success. Although I believe the wort was well aerated, fermentation was not very active for about two days, and now it is still bubbling about every 8 seconds after 6 days in the primary. My question is, is this typical of this strain of yeast? Is White Labs California Ale yeast known to be a slow starter? And or a slow finisher? Just curious. Thanks!
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Good experiences so far

Postby Push Eject » Wed Dec 11, 2002 8:07 pm

I've had good fermentations with that strain. I usually build up a quart starter or so and have a lag time of about 8 hours.

Is it particularly cold where you are?
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It's cold outside..

Postby HardcoreLegend » Wed Dec 11, 2002 8:33 pm

It's cold outside Push. But I have never had such a slow start before, or such a long lasting primary. I always ferment in my basement and never have much of any trouble with starting from the pitchable vials. Because I did'nt do anything differently, I suspected the yeast may have been the problem.
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Check the date?

Postby Push Eject » Thu Dec 12, 2002 5:17 am

Those vials have a creation date on them... was it old?
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Re: Check the date?

Postby HardcoreLegend » Thu Dec 12, 2002 6:20 am

Good thinking, but nope. The local brewshop I get my stuff from always has fresh stuff, and California Ale is one of the more popular/common strains.
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No Problems Here

Postby l48shark » Tue Dec 17, 2002 6:47 pm

I shook my CA ale tube and it fizzed badly when I opened it. I lost at least half the yeast to the floor, but I still had a very short lag time. No problems here. It was a very fresh tube used in an ideal temperature, by the way.

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